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Welcome to the 2021 NIH Virtual Summer Enrichment curriculum

We would like to invite you to join us online this summer, beginning the week of June 7th. All events/activities are free.

Last year, we made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 NIH Intramural Summer Internship Program (SIP) due to the coronavirus pandemic. We learned that a great many young scientists whose summer opportunities were limited by the pandemic, were interested in programs offered by the NIH. For summer 2021, we will be repeating some of those programs and offering new ones to help you sharpen your science skills and develop both professionally and personally.

We have worked with Institutes and Centers (ICs) and Training Offices across the NIH to develop a summer-long series of activities. These online offerings will focus on the exciting science we do at the NIH and on important career and professional development topics for students at all educational levels. You can choose to participate in career development series for high school or college, graduate, or professional school students; series on preparation for graduate or professional school; wellness activities; and/or a scientific skills series. We encourage you to look at all the program offerings and identify events that will help you achieve your scientific and career goals.

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Complete 2021 Summer Curriculum

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Becoming a Resilient Scientist: A series of workshops on Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series (4 weeks), which will cover wellness and resilience; self-talk (cognitive distortions and imposter fears); self-advocacy and assertiveness; and feedback resilience. Workshops on 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, and 6/29 will be for students in college and beyond; the workshops on 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, and 7/27 will be for high school students.


[HS-SIP] NIH Career Development Series for High School Students and Recent Graduates (5 weeks in July), topics include Applying to College, Career Exploration, Leadership, and Success in College. Students who attend at least five workshops (or watch the recordings BY AUGUST 14th) will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion.  To watch the recordings you will need to register using the original link.  If you missed a session and you click on the link from your email, you will get a message that the webinar has ended; please re-register using the same name and email address.

[SIP] Graduate & Professional School Preparation: Much of what you need to know to get into graduate school or professional (e.g., medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy) school (and do well)


Career Development and Science Skills: Sessions will cover topics such as creating CVs and resumes, leadership skills for scientists, the responsible conduct of research, and creating and presenting virtual posters.


Science at Home: Institutes and Centers of the NIH will present speakers and panels to introduce their science and the resulting career opportunities.

Check out a more detailed version of the 2021 virtual summer curriculum and register for events.  The page will be updated as information becomes available.

If you miss a workshop, you can watch the recording later using the original registration/viewing link. All workshops will be available as recordings on the OITE YouTube Channel after they have been captioned.


Presentations by some of the NIH's best known leaders and investigators designed for summer interns. Details coming soon ...

2021 Virtual Graduate & Professional School Fair (July 19-22, 2021)

This year the fair will welcome all interested college students, postbacs, and other interested young scientists. The Fair will consist of (1) live workshops on getting to graduate and/or professional school (July 19th, 2021); (2) prerecorded workshops, panels, and interviews covering career paths in disciplines including public health, clinical psychology, and data science and discussing strategies for successful test-taking, stress management during application season, and improving your credentials; and (3) online exhibitor sessions - the opportunity for you to learn more about the participating institutions and programs (July 20-22, 2021).

While there is no fee to participate in any OITE events, advanced registration is required.  To register for events, please go to the Summer Curriculum page and click on the link for the activity in the event table.